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LibraryThing Wishlist for Grad Students

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Set 23, 2006, 12:14pm

Hi There,

I love LibraryThing!! However, as a grad student, I have a few ideas that would make this service phenomenal. I would love to see library thing move beyond books and also support journal articles, how cool would that be? Of course, this change would involve adding few more fields, such as journal, volume, etc. Many scholars use bibliography tools such as endnote. So developing an "export library to endnote function" would be ideal, particularly if you could export a specific portion of our library. I have already experimented with this, and have found that you can tweak the exported excel file and import it into endnote (all it requires is renaming some fields, deleting others, and adding a field called reference type (*book). To create an academic reference, all we are missing is place of publication. I'd also like to push to integrate libarything with my school's library search page. Does anyone else have similar needs? I also published this message on the Recommend Site Improvements list.

Jim Ratcliffe

Set 30, 2006, 5:32pm

I would agree with Journal Articles as a possible addition. I have hundreds of journal articles in binders (before the advent of PDF's), and would love to catalog them too.

Set 30, 2006, 9:34pm

Check out CiteULike for organizing journal articles. You can use it to store, tag, and annotate article citations and you can export citations to EndNote. It doesn't have the fun factor of LT but you're grad students, right?

Set 30, 2006, 10:17pm

I have to be honest, I don't see what the added attraction of doing this via LT is over programs like EndNote, etc.?

Out 12, 2006, 5:14pm

I agree with glendac, I use CiteULike for individual articles and books that you use for research.

What I would really like is being able to add journal volumes.

Dez 14, 2006, 8:53am

In addition to an "export library to endnote function", there should be an "export/import library to/from BibTex function". I would guess that this would be pretty straight forward to implement..

Jan 3, 2007, 5:19pm

I just enter all of my journals the way I do books. Perhaps it's not efficient, but it works for me.

Maio 19, 2007, 11:23am

I'm not much fussed about the citing thing but I would like a better way to put in Journals (and ideally individual articles but...) it seems clumsy to put them in as books although I'm not sure why.
I'll have to think about what sort of thing I would like.

Set 16, 2007, 7:14pm

I use Zotero to cite things, and would like it if it were compatible with LT. I think they're working on it on their end. I'm so glad to be away from EndNote. Those were horrible days.

Set 18, 2007, 9:42am

Zerbinetta, what was wrong with Endnote? The university library where I'm studying is selling it as the best thing that ever happened to grad students. (Course I haven't checked out the competition--or Endnote yet for that matter--not available til--). Your thoughts appreciated.

Editado: Set 18, 2007, 10:36pm

EndNote is a revelation if you've never used citation software before. But it isn't an elegant program, and I couldn't understand it at all until I took a training session. Even after that I found it clumsy and buggy, and it at one point imploded and rendered-- in the "tore apart" meaning-- all the footnotes in my thesis into gobbledygook (that's one of our technical computer terms in the humanities). I suspect that this was probably ultimately more due to my incompetence than EndNote, but I appreciate Zotero's greater flexibility, stability, and ease of use. I'm also using it to keep all my assigned journal articles in PDF organized this semester-- it's kind of great.

I was using EndNote 8.0 for Mac, if that makes a difference (maybe the PC version is better?). It and Word had a shaky relationship. Try a few different programs (some of them are free) and see which you like best-- EndNote is definitely not the only game in town.

Out 11, 2007, 9:43am

Hi zerbinetta, thanks for that. It ends up I missed the first slate of weekend workshops for Endnote, as they filled up so quickly--the ref librarians did a great job selling it--so I'm definitely interested in browsing for some alternatives from home in the meantime. I appreciate the info as I've just started some research assignments.

Out 19, 2007, 12:39am

#9 is right, Zotero is the BEST tool for individual articles.

I would like to see storing journals as a whole, but limited specific articles to CiteULike or Zotero--emphasis on the latter.